Waking Life

Waking Life (2001)

Titles: Waking Life
Countries: Brazil, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2001 American adult animated docufiction movie Waking Life.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

A boy has a dream that he can float, but unless he holds on, he will drift away into the sky.

Even when he is grown up, this idea recurs.

After a strange accident, he walks through what may be a dream, flowing in and out of scenarios and encountering various characters.

People he meets discuss science, philosophy and the life of dreaming and waking, and the protagonist gradually becomes alarmed that he cannot awake from this confusing dream.

What do I like about it and what would others like about it?

I saw this movie once years ago and I can not remember that much about it now but I do remember that I like that it was creative, surreal, philosophical, profound, that it involved dreaming, et cetera and it left me with a certain feeling that I can not remember or describe and it made me think about my own beliefs and some of the beliefs presented in the movie.

I think that other people will like that this movie is very unique and harder to describe compared to the average movie.

My Thoughts

I can not remember how I rated this movie back then, but I assume that it is a movie that people should watch at least once to see something unique especially if you are interested in dreams and philosophy et cetera.

The end,

-John Jr

6 responses to “Waking Life”

  1. I was very interested in this movie a long time and thought it would be something I would really like. It had come highly recommended. For some reason though I couldn’t get into it. I find it rather dull and boring. The two times I tried to watch it, I fell asleep! I think they should have mixed it up with a little excitement here and there. From what I remember the whole movie is 2 people sitting and talking, although the people change, the basic outline didn’t. Also the way the drawing is done was rather shifty and I found it unpleasant.

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    • Hello Moment,

      Thank you for sharing that, I was curious if you had seen it or part of it before or not.

      I was lucky to have probably watched it at a time when I was not tired and when I was in the mood for something like this.

      I can not remember much of it either now but I remember it shifting between different conversations, and there was movement at times (walking, driving, even some flying / floating).

      One part I remember is maybe Alex Jones driving down a road ranting as another character listened or ranting to himself.

      I probably was not a fan of the animation either, I am not a fan of that kind of abstract style usually, but I guess it does make things seem more surreal and / or something.

      I would need to see it again to remember or see how I feel about it now, but there are so many things that I have not watched yet that I still need to catch up on so I doubt that will happen any time soon. 😀

      Thank you for commenting because I was probably going to ask you about it, and I hoped that you could remember more than me because I can not remember much about it now. 😉

      -John Jr

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      • Hmm, I will have to try to watch this movie again sometime. It’s funny, there are often things I want to like but just can’t get into. I was talking with friend yesterday about the book 1984, and that is one of those things. I’ve tries to read it, but just can’t seem to get into it. Though the premise of it is definitely up my alley.

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        • Hello Moment,

          Well, that will help increase the chance of at least one of us watching it again, thanks. 😀

          That is funny, especially since I was able to finish reading 1984 somehow, but I did not finish Brave New World while you probably finished reading that book (but it was probably not completely the books fault, and so I need to finish reading it one day).

          -John Jr

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          • Haha, yea they are both probably hard to get through in their own way. I never would have finished A Brave New World, except my friend who recommended it told me the beginning was boring and hard to get through, but to stick it out kuz it as worth it, so I took his advice. It’s been like 15 years since I read it though.

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            • Hello Moment,

              Thank you for sharing that, that is probably one of the reasons that I stopped, and because I just did not feel like reading at the time and I had to return it to the library. 😉

              I still need to make posts about the few other books that I have read over the years (not that many).

              Recently I have been getting a lot of views of old posts that need to be edited, and so I have been trying to catch up with all of that recently.

              Thank you for replying,
              -John Jr

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